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Mace calls for 'readiness levels' for emerging technologies

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Mace has called for “technology readiness levels” to be introduced to speed up the adoption of emerging products, construction methods and materials.

The report calls for faster adoption of new technology and processes across the sector and outlines a proposed product development model that could be introduced to enable that to happen.

Based on the technology readiness levels originally introduced by space agency NASA and adopted by the automotive and aviation sectors, Mace believes some form of certification will boost the construction of hospitals, schools and prisons.

In its report Transforming Society, Mace claims that adoption of new technologies will enable lead to a “construction revolution” which in turn will boost the public sector.

Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds said: “The next generation of construction technology and processes will change how we build hospitals, schools, offices and other parts of the build environment in the UK – and in turn that will mean doctors and nurses have more time to treat patients and teachers have more time focus on educating our children.

“In order to make that a reality, we need a new mindset about innovation and product development in construction. We need to try to understand our end-users more, and work to deliver our projects in a way that respond to their needs – and to do that we need to change how we design, manufacture and assemble our buildings.”

The report recommends that the government implements four measures to bring about a construction revolution in the public sector. These include creating construction, engineering and manufacturing enterprise zones across the UK and overhauling the funding model for innovation in UK Construction.

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